School has begun and with it anticipation, hope, trials, successes and failures. Unfortunately what also comes when school is in session are children struggling with their social skills. Some will learn to respect, accept, understand and enjoy their peers, and others will act out hostilities they might be witnessing at home, or that might be bottled up inside from their own fears and anxieties.
With so much talk about bullying these days you’d think America would see a decrease. Not so. Although there have been an increase of authors that have addressed the subject. Master Koda Select Publishing has a few of those novels and memoirs available.
This is not an easy, fun read, but is rather a book that every student, teacher and child advocate should read.
Donna is very passionate to do what she can to stop bullying in the school system. Donna Dillon published her first book in October 2010. When Master Koda Select Publishing approached her with a publishing contract, she took the opportunity in hopes to expand her reach and build her brand.
I asked Donna why she wrote this book and this was her response.
Cinda, the character in my book, The Snake Pit, was born with a cleft palate, and so was I. The things that happen in the book are fiction, but how she felt was exactly how I felt growing up. Being bullied for something you can’t possibly help, or change, is horrible. I chose to turn it into something positive, but many bullied children do not. I’m 47 years old now. I can still hear the bullies voice in my head. But, the thing I remember the most, the thing that bothers me the most: the silence from those who just stood by and let it happen, and did nothing to stop it. That is why I wrote this book.
Cinda doesn’t look like other twelve-year-old girls. A facial defect, and the surgery to correct it has left her face scarred and disfigured. When she walks into Hargrove Junior High for the first time, Cinda knows the other kids won’t see how smart she is, or what a good friend she could be. The other kids will see her as a monster, and her life will be torture.
The school cafeteria, or The Snake Pit, as the kids call it, is the prime location for bullying. One pretty girl in particular takes an instant dislike to Cinda. Day after day she is pushed, tripped, and laughed at. Not all the other kids bully her, but only one tries to help.
Charlene Carsten is Cinda’s only friend. She tries to stop the bullying, but the other kids won’t listen. She tries to tell the Principal, but he only sees what he wants to. She tries to tell the teachers, but they all say the same thing, “kids will be kids.”
When Cinda falls victim to a vicious prank at a school dance, it sets off a series of events that will change the lives of everyone involved.
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